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Maine adjunct professors join push for wage increases 2023-05-28 [The Press-Herald]

UMaine officials considering voluntary recognition of grad students’ union 2023-05-15 [The Beacon]

Brunswick coffee shop employees strike after forming union 2023-05-09 [The Times Record]

University of Maine graduate student workers push to form union For more info 2023-03-29 [NBC]

'We need somebody to help us': Portland postal workers rally for safer working conditions 2022-12-19 [WGME]

Maine Med nurses vote overwhelmingly to ratify first union contract 2022-09-23 [National Nurses United]

Maine med nurses reach final agreement on historic first union contract 2022-09-16 [National Nurses United]

Maine stores could see more union efforts thanks to its small size 2022-08-10 [Bangor Daily News]

Failure to protect the ‘Dreamers' will hurt our economy 2017-11-20 [BDN]

Workers from dead Maine paper mills call bankruptcy payouts ‘a total ripoff' 2017-12-18 [The Daily News]

Unemployed Maine workers, advocates warn human suffering will ‘spike' if $600 benefit expires 2020-07-11 [ME Beacon]

‘Union avoidance' campaign in full swing at Maine's largest hospital 2021-02-07 [Beacon]

Waterville KVCAP drivers vote to unionize, saying they're ‘woefully underpaid and undervalued' 2020-10-23 [Central ME]

‘Join us in this effort': Machinists Union calls on Trump to help BIW workers in strike efforts 2020-07-05 [News Ctr ME]

Maine unions support ‘Medicare for All' 2020-03-01 [Press Herald]

After one-day strike, new talks, Hannaford workers agree to company's offer 2018-03-20 [BDN Biz]

Teamsters drivers, mechanics ratify first contract with Shaw's in Maine 2018-11-15 [BDN Biz]

New program uses federal funds to pay young workers' wages at select businesses 2019-02-06 [Bangor Daily News]

Virtual charter school's vote for union is in limbo after challenge before labor board 2020-01-04 [BDN Bangor]

Trump-led NAFTA update looks like a cinch in Congress. It isn't in free trade-wary Maine 2020-01-13 [BDN]

Don't cut unemployment lifeline for Maine workers and their families 2020-07-30 [BDN]

A court's decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged on the absence of an Oxford comma 2017-03-16 [Quart]

Take it from the Maine AFL-CIO: Paul LePage Is A Threat To Maine's Workers 2022-07-01 [ME Dems]

Raft of workers' comp reforms raises alarms 2019-04-21 [Press Herald]

Compromise bill to boost workers' comp benefits for some becomes law 2019-06-19 [Press Herald]

Scarborough teachers' contract dispute gets national visibility via Bernie Sanders tweet 2020-01-02 [Press Herald]

BIW workers are pushed to settle, but no one's making demands of General Dynamics 2020-08-04 [Press Herald]

Maine Voices: Restaurant series doesn't represent Portland food workers' perspective 2021-05-29 [Portland Press Herald]

The tables have turned and it's a workers' market 2021-06-27 [Press Herald]

Chipotle closes a store in Maine, and workers claim its retribution for a unionization drive 2022-07-21 [New York Times]

Hospital workers say they experience assault, threats of violence nearly every day 2022-07-10 [Sun Jrnl]

Biddeford workers say their push to unionize comes from love of their jobs 2022-05-31 [Yahoo]

Houlton regional hospital nurses ratify new contract with strong measures to improve patient safety and nurse retention 2022-04-08 [National Nurses United]

Labor unions form new group to combat climate change in Maine 2022-03-02 [MPR]

Maine med-emergency room nurses speak out on workplace violence, demand greater protections from Maine medical centre 2022-02-24 [National Nurses United]

Skowhegan paper mill workers rally for better wages, benefits 2022-02-26 [Maine Public]

How Lobstermen Formed a Union Co-op to Claw Back Fair Prices 2022-02-08 [Labour Notes]

Bill would make more than 30,000 salaried workers in Maine eligible for overtime 2022-01-28 [Press Herald]

Portland workers rally to keep hazard pay ahead of pivotal council vote 2022-01-03 [Portland Press Herald]

Portland Museum of Art, union ink first labor contract 2021-11-25 [Maine Biz]

Supreme Court rejects Maine health care workers' effort to block COVID-19 vaccine mandate 2021-10-31 [CBS]

Labor Day marks end of pandemic unemployment benefits, impacting thousands of Mainers 2021-09-07 [WGME]

Nurses urge Maine Medical Centreto maintain covid protections for caregivers 2021-09-05 [National Nurses United]

Opinion: Public Utility Campaigns Have A Labor Problem 2021-07-28 [Strikewave]

Stories from the session: Labor leader says workers made gains, must organize for deeper change 2021-07-27 [ME Beacon]

Abbott Labs will lay off more than 300 workers in southern Maine 2021-07-09 [ME Biz]

Farm labor contractor pays $56K in penalties for violating migrant worker, immigration laws after a vehicle accident that injured 14 workers in Maine 2021-07-08 [US DOL]

With Workers In Short Supply, Seniors Often Wait Months For Home Health Care 2021-06-30 [Blue Ridge PR]

Farmworker Overtime Would End Racist Pay Gap, Lawmakers Say 2021-06-17 [Daily Yonder]

Southern Maine public transit workers vote to unionize 2021-06-11 [BDN]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A shootout took place in the town of Matewan, WV between striking miners and private detectives, who had arrived in town to evict miners' families. Seven detectives, one bystander and two miners were killed. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

23-05-1946 the largest mass arrest in the history of Rochester ny took place. Police rounded up 208 striking workers and even arrested one of the strikers' dogs. The strike spread and was won the following week. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]

31-05-1943 At the Detroit Packard Motor Co factory, in full war production, 25,000 white workers go on strike when 3 black workers are promoted to a line previously occupied only by whites. The 3 are transferred. [more]